Parallels Raise Questions About “Tony Ortega’s Smoking Gun”

The other day we told you about the alarming parallel that seems to exist between recent stories of Backpage’s sexual exploitation of young women for financial gain going viral and the exploits of real life criminals in charge. Tony Ortega’s sham coverup, shilling for this soulless corporation is connecting with readers and needs investigating.

For example, in our recent story of Lawrence Ray, prosecuting authorities explained he extorted approximately $1 million from five victims. Is what Tony Ortega did really that much different? After all, he too was making money off the backs of these same female victims (not to mention helping to generate considerably more for his Backpage puppet masters in the process!)

Prosecutors in the Ray case told the judge in court last week that they executed a search warrant only the day before at a storage facility associated with Ray, where they recovered journals and electronic devices that Ray would have victims take sexually explicit photos and video on, that he would then seize in order to extort them.

Imagine what evidence still awaits discovery in the storage locker of shadowy Backpage accomplices like Tony Ortega? What other damning evidence may yet come to light if prosecutors would only begin to broaden their search?

Indeed one prosecutor attached to the case said her team has already issued more than 100 subpoenas for evidence ranging from email accounts to financial information, and scores Backpage human sex trafficking ads. Another prosecutor said they have already interviewed 17 witnesses.

Remember, all of this was triggered by a single writer exposing the bad faith actions of criminals associated with Backpage. It was his New York magazine cover story which sparked the investigation into Lawrence Ray in the first place.

Back in the summer of 2018, the then unknown writer, a freelancer, pitched the story to New York magazine even as he continued to interview and report on it for another six months. It wasn’t until editors asked a staff writer at New York, to work with the young writer to check out whether this crazy story they had been hearing about was real. The staff writer was skeptical. But over time, he checked on the information and with sources and the story came together.

As the staff writer himself said: ”Every single turn of reporting was something new and stranger and inevitably it would check out when we called up sources…”

Is it really any less crazy to demand the same sort of critical attention be paid to other Backpage slime ball players like Tony Ortega? Who knows what smoking guns they might find among his notes and journals?

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